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Tegwen

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Rattling down
« on: January 06, 2011, 02:30:38 pm »
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-53213/ADM%2053-53213-006_1.jpg

Hi
Does anyone know what "rattling down" is? See the 2 pm log.
Thanks
K

PS the following day says "Hands rattling down rigging"etc so it is to do with the rigging rather than anywhere else.
« Last Edit: January 06, 2011, 02:36:06 pm by Tegwen »

dorbel

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Re: Rattling down
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2011, 07:32:12 pm »
Quite right, they are setting up the standing rigging, in this case the ratlines that run from the side of the ship up to the crosstrees. These act as lateral support for the masts and, with the addition of horizontal ropes at intervals, the name of which I have forgotten, act as a ladder to ascend the mast. Rattling down is the process of adjusting them for tension, very important as too tight will "wring" the mast as the ship moves, too loose and they don't serve the purpose. Rattling is derived from ratlines.

And see http://www.hnsa.org/doc/luce/part3.htm for a superbly detailed description of rigging a sailing ship. The principles are the same.
« Last Edit: January 06, 2011, 07:48:34 pm by dorbel »

Tegwen

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Re: Rattling down
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2011, 11:17:45 pm »
Brilliant thanks Dorbel. All clear now.

K

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Re: Rattling down
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2011, 02:40:26 am »
"the ... horizontal ropes at intervals, ... act as a ladder to ascend the mast"
Yep, them's the "ratlines" they are fastened to/between the shrouds:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futtock_shrouds

(Are we allowed to say "Futtocks"?)

Bunts.

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Re: Rattling down
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2011, 03:14:09 am »
Anything that classic navy will always be allowed - though I wouldn't try to change the wrong letters. ;D

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Re: Rattling down
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2011, 07:38:31 am »
Thanks, well that clears up fifty years of misunderstanding on my part!

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Re: Rattling down
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2015, 06:31:48 pm »
Well - shiver me timbers -  how wonderful our OWPaedia forum area is: There was I wondering what they were up to on the Patterson with 'rattling down' on the 1st February 1886

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Patterson/Book%2035/IMG_8333_0.jpg

and here it is. I'm going to go back to the Patterson safe in the knowledge that her downs are perfectly rattled  ;D

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Re: Rattling down
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2015, 07:06:09 pm »
RATTLE DOWN RIGGING, To; or, To Rattle the Shrouds. To fix the ratlines in a line parallel to the vessel's set on the water.

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Re: Rattling down
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2015, 03:30:20 am »
It is a rule of seamanship to always hold on to the shrouds (vertical standing rigging to which the ratlines are attached) because the ratlines sometime break, causing one's stomach to leap (more the higher you are). Or worse.

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Re: Rattling down
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2015, 03:56:00 am »
No wonder they spend time checking them all out occasionally!  You have ability to leave vivid word pictures for me, Kevin.